Friday wasn't very green. In fact, it was pretty gray! A storm system rolled across the northern part of the state with scattered rain/snow showers across the far north. Wrap around clouds settled in across the southern half of the state as winds picked up during the late afternoon hours. The good news is that the clouds and gusty winds will move out as we head into the early part of the weekend.
NOAA 2017 Spring Flood Outlook
On Thursday, March 16th, NOAA released their 2017 Spring Flood Risk and it showed major flood concerns across parts of North Dakota. Here's an excerpt from NOAA: "Northern North Dakota – the Souris River, Devils Lake and the northernmost reaches of the Red River – has the greatest risk of major flooding this spring, while moderate flooding is possible over southern Idaho in the Snake River basin, according to NOAA’s Spring Outlook released today. California, which saw extensive flooding in February, is susceptible to additional flooding from possible storms through the remainder of the wet season and later, from snowmelt."
Flood Concerns Continue in the Northwest
A number of flood concerns have been posted across the Northwest do to the combination of snow melt and rainfall. A number of rivers, streams and creeks will be elevated over the next several days due to the weather conditions there.
River Flooding Concerns
According to NOAA's NWS, there are currently 20 river guages that are currently in flood stage and the extended forecast suggesting that 26 river guages will be in flood stage through the end of next week.
NOAA: Current River Gauges in Flood Stage
NOAA: Forecast For River Gauges that will be in Flood Stage Through Friday, March 24th
California Drought Comparison 2017 vs 2016
More NE Snow This Weekend
Mild Weekend on Tap. Rain/Snow Mix By Friday?
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.
Welcome to your last official weekend of winter 2017. The sun's most direct rays will shine directly over the equator on Monday, marking the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. This winter was kind of a dud, no question. Get this, the Twin Cities has only seen 31.5 inches of snow this season, which is nearly 17 inches below normal. Earlier this week, Binghamton, NY picked up 31.3 inches of snow in a 24 hour period, making it the snowiest 24 hours on record for that city! It has taken nearly 7 months for the Twin Cities to achieve what Binghamton picked up in just 1 days time. Good grief.
No accumulating snow in the forecast this weekend. Saturday will feature sunny skies with highs in the 40s. A breezy south wind develops Sunday, which will help push temperatures up close to 60 degrees for a few locations in southern Minnesota. Clouds will then thicken late with a few light rain showers by the evening.
The week ahead starts quiet, but a storm looms late week with a chance of rain & snow. Twins' Home Opener is in 2.5 weeks!
SATURDAY: Cloudy start, gradually becoming sunny. Near average temps and not as breezy. Winds: NW 5-15. High: 43
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and quiet. Winds: SE 5. Low: 31.
SUNDAY: Mild and breezy. Few showers late. Winds: SSW 10-15. High: 58
MONDAY: Sun returns. Still mild. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 35. High: 50
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. Feeling cooler. Winds: NNE 5-10. Wake-up: 26. High: 40.
WEDNESDAY: Clouds thicken. Light mix overnight? Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 20. High: 43.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Steady rain develops. Winds: SSE 10-20. Wake-up: 30. High: 45.
FRIDAY: Breezy. Rain/snow mix. Winds: NNW 10-20. Wake-up: 30. High: 46.
This Day in Weather History
1968: (Previous to this year's tornadoes on March 6th) the earliest tornado hit Minnesota. No one was hurt when it hit Watonwan County.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 42F (Record: 79F set in 2012)
Average: Low: 25F (Record: -8F set in 1923)
*Record Snowfall: 9.6" set in 1951
Sunrise Sunset Times For Minneapolis
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes & 9 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~3 hours & 17 minutes
Moon Phase for March 18th at Midnight
1.4 Days Before Last Quarter
Weather Outlook For Saturday
High temperatures on Saturday will be a little cooler than we were on Friday, but still fairly mild for mid March. Readings across the state will range form the 40s across the southern half of the state to the 30s across the northern part of the state. Feels like temperatures around midday will be a little cooler, but the wind won't be quite as gusty as it was Friday afternoon.
Weather Outlook For Saturday
Here's a look at winds around the region on Saturday. Note that winds won't be nearly as strong as they were PM Friday. In fact, winds will continue to fade throughout the day.
After a mostly cloudy Friday, the sun returns for much of the day Saturday. Low clouds and areas of light precipitation will move into the Great Lakes Regions, while a few high clouds will drift into the region late in the day.
Here's the temperature outlook through March 27th, which shows warmer temperatures with us now over the next few days. There may be a bit of a cool down by the middle part of next week, but overall, temperatures look milder than we have been.
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook suggests warmer than average temperatures moving in across parts of the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes from March 26th - 30th.
Here's the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook, which takes us into the end of March. Note that warmer than average temperatures look to move into much of the Central US, while cooler than average temperatures will still be found in the Northeast and across parts of California.
Here's the national weather outlook through the weekend, which shows another surge of wintry moisture moving through the Northeast with some snow accumulations possible. Note that another surge of moisture through the Pacific Northwest, while the Southwest looks to remain rather quiet.
According to NOAA's WPC, the 5 day precipitation forecast suggests widespread 3" to 6"+ precipitation amounts across parts of the Western US with some of the heaviest tallies in the higher elevations.
Here's the snowfall potential over the next several days, which shows some accumulations across the Northeast and across the Western U.S., but there doesn't appear to be any major snow event unfolding across the Lower 48.
"A BBC team and a number of tourists have suffered minor injuries after being caught up in an incident on the erupting volcano Mount Etna in Sicily. "Many injured - some head injuries, burns, cuts and bruises," tweeted BBC science reporter Rebecca Morelle. Lava flow mixed with steam had caused a huge explosion, which pelted the group with boiling rocks and steam, she said. About eight people had been injured, with some evacuated from the mountain by rescue teams, she added."
"How Climate Change Threatens Your Breakfast"
"Maple syrup season came early this year, with warm days prompting sap to run as early as January in some parts of the country. As the climate warms, this scenario is predicted to play out more often. Indeed, in New York and New England, the sap run season starts about eight days earlier than it did 50 years ago. The unpredictable weather typical of early spring can also cut sugaring season short. And as it turns out, other side effects of climate change, such as more pests or drought, could stress sugar maples too much—and when that happens, they produce defensive chemicals in bitter, unpalatable quantities."
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the nation's top medical societies. The report was prepared by the" Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, a new group that represents more than 400,000 doctors, who make up more than half of all U.S. physicians."
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